Emails Bare Party Member Anger Over RNC’s Silence on Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Dinner
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- December 10, 2022
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Some members of the Republican National Committee were angry that the committee had not immediately vigorously condemned Donald Trump and his Mar-a-Lago dinner last month with anti-Semite Kanye West and his Holocaust-denying sidekick Nick Fuentes, according to email messages from political.
A handful of RNC members directly denounced Trump in emails, and one urged other members and RNC chair Ronna McDaniel to condemn his decision to host anti-Semite dinners.
“I’m amazed at the lack of outrage from Ronna about this,” Oscar Brock, a Tennessee national committee member, wrote in one of several private email threads, Politico reported.
“I tweeted her yesterday and asked her to condemn this. As a party, we must confront all racism and prejudice and condemn those who accept and support it, including inviting neo-Nazis [sic] for dinner,” added Brock.
In another thread, Illinois committee member Richard Porter gushed in a Thanksgiving email how grateful he was for the party “dedicated to preserving, protecting, and advancing our great nation.”
After the dinner, committee member Bill Palatucci of New Jersey replied: “Is it just me or is anyone else struck by the incredible irony that Richard wrote these beautiful words within 48 hours of Donald Trump’s dinner with anti-Semite Kanye West and Nick Fuentes ? , also an anti-Semite and a racist white nationalist?”
Palatucci added, “All Republican leaders need to stand up and denounce Trump’s actions and lack of judgment here.”
Jay Shepard, a Vermont national committee member, wrote via email: “As individuals and as a party, we cannot tolerate people like Nick Fuentes and Kanye West. We should never give them a platform for their hatred. Paying attention to them only divides us as a nation. No Republican should be associated with them [sic] not who we are.”
The messages were sent to the email addresses of all 168 committee members, Politico reported, and offer a glimpse of the turmoil currently rocking the RNC, with McDaniel at the helm and Tump as the party’s first declared candidate.
McDaniel, who is running for re-election, did respond to the dinner at Mar-a-Lago but never mentioned Trump’s name. She called Ye’s comments “disgusting,” adding, “There is no place for Kanye, Fuentes, or their views within the Republican Party.”
But critics were sceptical.
Kanye’s comments are vile.
I condemn them and anti-Semitism in all its forms in the strongest possible terms. There is no place for Kanye, Fuentes, or their views within the Republican Party.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) December 1, 2022
McDaniel insisted in February — after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (D-Ga.) spoke at a White Nationalist conference organized by Fuentes — that “white supremacy, neo-Nazism, hate speech and bigotry are disgusting and have no home in the Republican Party.”
But there is a place for them at a table on the terrace in your leader’s house.
— Helen Kennedy 🌻 (@HelenKennedy) December 2, 2022